Marangu 6 Days Itinerary
Day 1: Arusha to Marangu gate to Mandara huts
Elevation: 1879m to 2720m, Distance: 8km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montana forest
You will be transferred to Marangu gate from the hotel and do a registration at the gate ( 2-3 hours). Afterwards, you will begin trekking though the rainforest to Mandara hut. Here you will have an acclimatization opportunity of visiting Mound Crater. Dinner and overnight at Mandara hut.
Day 2: Mandara huts to Horombo huts
Elevation: 2720m to 3720m, Distance 11km, Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast you will out climb the rainforest and continue trekking to Horombo hut where you will trek through rolling moorlands and get your fist clear view of towering Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: Horombo hut
Spend an extra day here at Horombo during the 6 day itinerary for acclimatization purposes. This day you will hike to Mawenzi Ridge or Zebra Rock to have your body adjust to higher altitudes around 2 to 3 hours hiking time. After this session you will return back to Horombo hut for lunch, resting until dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Horombo huts to Kibo huts
Elevation: 3720m to 4720m, Distance: 9km, Hiking Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
After a good night rest and breakfast you will trek past the last water point to reach Kibo saddle a great desert between the two peaks Mawenzi and Kibo. An early dinner and overnight at Kibo hut.
Day 5: Summit Day, Kibo huts camp to Uhuru peak to Horombo huts camp
Elevation: 4720m to 5895m, Down 3720m, Distance: 6km up, 15km down, Time: 6-8 hours up, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
Wake at midnight for a light breakfast then prepare for your summit ascent. Because you will climb to the summit in the dark you will need to have your headlamps/flashlights. It will also be very cold until start descending, so you will need to have all of your warm layers. This is an important time to keep on slowly slowly (pole pole in Swahili). The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru peak shortly before or after sunrise. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks up steep screed or possibly snow, and reaches Gilman’s point on the crater rim at 5685m 4 and 6 a.m. At this point you will have a view of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 2 hours of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s. After your summit photos and taking in the view, descend back to the Kibo huts, have lunch, rest, collect your equipments and continue down trough re-cross the saddle to the Horombo huts. Have dinner and overnight at Horombo Camp.
Day 6: Horombo huts camp to Marangu gate to Mount Meru Hotel Arusha
Elevation: 3720m to 1879m, Distance: 19km, Descending Time: 4-7 hours
After a long sleep you will be awaked for breakfast and pack, continue your descent through the moorland to Mandara huts. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates and you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! After lunch you drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations
· All Park Fees, including the 18% VAT
· Airport transfers
· Transport to and from the hotel and the trailhead
· Tents on the mountain (high quality Mountain Hardwear) and
· Other communal equipment (e.g. mess tent, private chemical toilet with toilet tent, table and chairs, etc)
· All meals while you are on the mountain
· Salaries for guides, cooks and porters
· International and domestic flights
· Tips for guides, porters and other staff
· Sleeping bags, sleeping pads and other personal gear.
· Soft drinks and beers
· Visas, Travel Insurance Medical Insurance
· Items of a personal nature
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